Scottish small press superstars, Fraser Campbell and Iain Laurie are set to blow people’s mind with their new collaboration – The Edge Off, which is now funding on Kickstarter. It reads like the bastard lovechild of William Burroughs and Shaky Kane, brought up on a diet of Charles Bronson movies, and is a surreal, psychedelic crime thriller, that could only come from the twisted minds of these unique talents. We caught up with writer Fraser Campbell to find out what the hell The Edge Off is all about and what it’s like working with such a unique artist!

After discovering the vintage sci-fi brilliance of Gateway City at this year’s True Believers, we were even more ecstatic to discover artist Russell Mark Olson has also been turning his hand to the 80s LA noir of Cult Empire’s new series Lady Hollywood. As it entices new readers in via Kickstarter thanks to it’s neon colours and in your face action, we catch up with Russell and writer/publisher George Lennox to find out more about this enticing new heroine!

To paraphrase the line that opens the comic itself, small towns can often hide big secrets. While, in many real life small communities, this is limited to infrequent scandal over doping at the local pumpkin growing contest or the occasional local vicar syphoning off bake sale funds to fund the construction of a monument to his dark lord Cthulhu. In White Ash by Charlie Stickney however, the titular small town is hiding something far bigger.

What if Victorians encountered aliens, is the fantastic premise of Samuel George London’s new Kickstarter comic Milford Green. We were drawn in by this superb premise, as well as the beautiful concept artwork which we’d seen on social media, and so when we got a chance to catch up with Sam at this weekend’s True Believers Comic Festival we thought we would ask him some more information about this exciting upcoming story.

Packed full of monster mechs and ultraviolet mercenaries who hunt them down, Killtopia from Card Shark Comics is one of our most eagerly anticipated indie Kickstarters of 2018. It’s already doing gangbusters on the crowd-funding site, but we couldn’t resist catching up with writer Dave Cook to find out the secrets of this ultra-stylish dystopian world.

With the new year comes a new raft of Kickstarters from some of our favourite creators, and this week’s pick is one of the best, as the wonderful Steve Tanner is back with a new volume of his 18th century adventure anthology Flintlock. Featuring the ongoing adventures of highwaywoman Lady Flintlock and the awesome Shanti Pirate Queen, Flintlock has a real classic vibe to it, as well as having strong female protagonists at the core of the book which is a real plus. For book three Steve is also introducing two new characters into this extended 64 page bumper issue as we see the debuts of Onna (a blind geisha) and Molly and The Trickster Thief (about a pair of con artists in 18th century London. Steve has already hit his modest target but be sure to keep backing this great project in order to unlock some of the superb stretch goals, including prints from Pipedream favourites like Sarah Milman. You can pledge your support here.

 

The first time we encountered Ken Reynolds Sliced Quarterly it was a digital only experimental comic that was looking to push the boundaries of what a comic could be. Two years on, and it has become a fixture of the independent scene and one of the most interesting and eclectic series going. As Ken launches a Kickstarter for the second printed volume of Sliced we talk to him about how the book has changed since that first issue and why the small press scene needs comics like Sliced Quarterly

We always love discovering a story about how comics can help people, as well as entertain, and so Little Heroes project really warmed our hearts on these cold January days. Set up by Aaron Rackley, they provide packs of resources for kids in hospitals to help them make comics, but this month they are taking things a step further and crowd-funding their own anthology featuring some familiar names from the world of small press.  We catch up with Aaron to find out what it takes to be a Little Hero.

It’s been a busy few month for writer Mike Garley. After the critically acclaimed Late Fees, came the latest volume of equally revered The Kill Screen with Everything Not Save Will Be Lost. And now, with Friday 13th just passed he’s started a new Kickstarter campaign for the final chapter in the epic, blood-soaked Samurai Slasher series. We get an exclusive sneak peak at some of the pages!

Rachael Smith’s Wired Up Wrong was one of our highlights of 2017 – a collection of personal tales about her depression and anxiety, that was a funny and poignant read tackling a difficult subject with incredible wit and originality. A year on, Rachael is back with a new deluxe edition of the book on Kickstarter so we caught up with her to find out about how the book has helped people as well as entertained them.